Syracuse Basketball: ‘Cuse offers Team Takeover star, No. 1 player in Md.

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Syracuse basketball continues to recruit the talent-rich Washington, D.C., market hard.

Another recent scholarship offer was doled out by the Orange coaching staff to 2026 shooting guard/small forward Prince-Alexander Moody, according to an article from Mike Waters of

In late August, the 6-foot-5 Moody was one of numerous 2025 and 2026 prospects who participated in the ‘Cuse annual Elite Camp. At present, I’m counting at least six high-school players who competed in that camp and have subsequently picked up scholarship offers from Orange coaches.

The others are 2025 four-star point guard Nigel James, 2025 four-star power forward Matthew Gilhool, 2025 three-star point guard Keyshuan Tillery, 2026 point guard Neiko Mundey and 2026 point guard Anthony Brown.

Syracuse basketball has entered the recruiting mix for 2026 wing Prince-Alexander Moody.

Moody is a sophomore at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md., a team that suits up in the loaded Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. On the AAU circuit, he competes for the 15U squad of the D.C.-based Team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league.

The ‘Cuse coaching staff has deep connections to Team Takeover. Several current Orange players, including junior forward Benny Williams and sophomore wing Justin Taylor, were part of that AAU program.

Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Donnie Freeman, a four-star power forward, won an EYBL 17U title with Team Takeover in early July at the annual Peach Jam tournament.

Several other high-school prospects compete for Team Takeover and hold offers from the ‘Cuse, including Brown, 2025 four-star combo guard Derek Dixon and 2026 five-star shooting guard Jordan Smith Jr.

At Peach Jam, per the EYBL Web site, Moody averaged 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, while connecting on 44.0 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Moody, who hails from Upper Marlboro, Md., has a full offer sheet that includes George Mason, VCU, Bryant, Illinois, Maryland, Old Dominion, Providence, Rhode Island and Virginia Tech, according to his X page and recruiting services.

Several recruiting services, including ESPN, On3 and, have published 2026 national rankings of late. I’m not seeing Moody in these initial 2026 ratings, but let me be clear. He is a talented young man who projects as a high four-star or even a five-star prospect, in my humble opinion.

To that end, recruiting service Prep Hoops has Moody as the No. 1 overall player in Maryland within the 2026 cycle. ESPN also lists him as one of the top prospects in Maryland and the entire East region within his class.

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